Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brendan DeMelle — Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.
Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption.
The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study titled, 'To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts': the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, is not just an historical account of activities in a bygone era....
Mind-bloggling article. This is not being orchestrated just in the US but globally.
Finally, this report might serve as a wake-up call to some people in the Tea Party itself, who would find it a little disturbing that the "grassroots" movement they are so emotionally attached to, is in fact a pawn created by billionaires and large corporations with little interest in fighting for the rights of the common person, but instead using the common person to fight for their own unfettered profits.
Nah, they aren't that smart.

The Huffington Post
Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers
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Unknown said...

They probably came up with the genius upside-down argument that because big business corrupts government you should therefore completely deregulate big business.

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Roger Erickson said...

So why not just name it the Tobacco Party?

Ugh said...

Any such studies on Soros funded groups. Thought not.

Why do that when you have the devil himself in the Koch brothers, oh I mean the billionaire Koch brothers.

Tom Hickey said...

Which Soros-funded groups were you thinking of Ugh?